A dog’s life

How are you feeling this weekend? It’s hard to believe we were in lockdown 3.0 last week and I’m relieved it’s over – it wasn’t the greatest of weekends timing-wise and the pain is still reverberating economically and mentally for some people. I spent yesterday afternoon sitting in the sunshine at Greythorn Park with my besties and their kids enjoying the taste of freedom.

There are a number of things that have kept me anchored over the past year – my family and friends, my yoga practice and running, spending time in nature, writing this blog (especially now in the absence of meaningful employment) and having a pet.

Gypsy and Coco in the backseat of our car

Yes, we feel very lucky to have bought a dog prior to the pandemic (I’ve heard people are now paying ridiculous amounts for pedigree pups and on waiting lists). Pets are a constant presence in our lives offering unconditional love and affection and out of all of us, I think they may have had their best year ever! It’s been very therapeutic just to pat my dog or have her lay at my feet when I’m at my desk. She often Zoom bombs my yoga classes when I happen to be in a pose knowing I’m unable to move – she’s a bit naughty like that.

Mr R setting up the kiddie pool at Chez Rosanna

When we moved to Rosanna, we wanted to be close to parkland as a family of runners and cyclists but now that we have a dog – it’s been a boon having a leash-free park in the Rosanna parklands with so many other green spaces within walking distance (we avoid the river in summer due to snakes).

Rosanna parklands creek

This weekend we’ve dog sat Gypsy’s cousin Coco the chocolate lab (who is even more crazy) so have had double the fun keeping them cool in the heat and taking them for long walks at the park – it really is a dog’s life!

On a more serious note, I’m glad the Pfizer vaccine has arrived and started rolling out – it is a literal shot of hope that we may all be able to return to some semblance of normality in Spring. It’s the last week of Summer next week and almost a year since we went into our first lockdown last March – so much has changed. Don’t underestimate your strength and resilience if you are still standing and looking forward with hope in your heart that better times await.

While we’ve enjoyed weekly streaming of The Mandalorian and now WandaVision with the kids as a family on Friday nights, Mr Rosanna and I are currently watching Russian Doll – a bit like Groundhog Day but more edgy with much more swearing! Set in New York, the episodes progressively get better – I’ll be interested to get to the end but for now, I’m just enjoying the moment.

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Author: missrosannablog

I'm a marketer, writer, blogger and creative type interested in all things arts and culture in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia ranging from inner city to outer suburbia and beyond.

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